Mahar Conference in Montenegro

The Mahar ('Tomorrow) Conference, which took place in Budva, Montenegro from November 2-5, 2017, tackled the question: “Whither will Jewish Diaspora go?”

Mahar Conference 2017
“Whither will Jewish Diaspora go?”
2nd to 5th of November, in Budva, Montenegro
Honored guests:
Milo Đukanović, Former Prime Minister of Montenegro;
Daniel Atar, KKL-JNF World Chairman;
Jewish community leaders of Southeast and Central Europe

Conference Participants


World Jewish Congress

Euro-Asian Jewish Congress

Government of Montenegro

First Bank of Montenegro


Preliminary Program

*Subject to changes

Thursday, 2nd November
  • Opening greetings


  • Exhibition: "Židovi u Splitu - Jews in Split" by Mrs. Ana Lebl, President of the Jewish Community of Split.


  • Meeting between KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar and the Jewish community leaders of Southeast and Central Europe: “Strengthening the cooperation between KKL-JNF and the Jewish Communities in Europe”



Friday, 3rd November


  • Lecture/Panel discussion and Q&A: “Whither will this Europe go”, with Rabbi Menachem Margolin, General Director of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE), General Director of European Jewish Association (EJA).


  • Lecture/Panel discussion and Q&A: "KKL-JNF’s Ecological, Communal and Social Vision in the Jewish World", with Mr. Daniel Atar, KKL-JNF World Chairman.


  • Exhibition: “Katharsis Sefardica”, by Mrs. Žana Bajić


  • Exhibition: “The Jews' participation in the development of voluntary firefighting in Zemun”, by Mr. Nenad Fogel, President of the Jewish Community of Zemun.


  • Exhibition: “Europe and Jewish Diaspora” by Mrs. Edita Jankov and Mr. Goran Levy, President of the Jewish Community of Novi Sad.


  • Lecture/panel discussion and Q&A: “If Jews leave Europe… Are we safe in Israel?", with Mr. Eitan Ben-Eliahu, Major-General (Ret.), Israeli Air Force.


  • Film: “Ben-Gurion, Epilogue”.  Ben-Gurion’s introspective soul searching is the focus of this film, and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the future of Israel.


  • Kabbalat Shabat and Concert with Israeli singer Ofri Eliaz



Saturday, 4th November


  • Lecture/panel discussion and Q&A: “Wannsee Conference”, by Mrs. Neomi Izhar, Israeli historian.


  • Exhibition/lecture/panel discussion and Q&A: “Eichmann and Miki Goldman”, by Mr. Avner Avraham, curator and producer.


  • Lecture/panel discussion and Q&A: “Jews of Montenegro–historical overview”, by Mr. Marko Popovic, writer, historian and publicist.


  • Concert: "Mois Hason“ Choir Ensemble from Skoplje – Macedonia; conductor: maestro Tomislav Šopov.



Sunday, 5th November


  • Lecture/panel discussion and Q&A: Restoring the Beit Ha-haim cemetery in Bitola Monastir, by PhD Rachel Shelly-Levy Drummer